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Governor Andrew Cuomo is putting $7 million into his 30-day budget amendments to fund poll sites for early voting in New York by the 2020 presidential race.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing early voting in New York as part of his State of the State message, due out January 3. But a top aide to the governor says it might be awhile before the proposals could become law and take effect.

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As part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposals for the new legislative session, the Democrat aims to reform the state’s election system.  Cuomo is pushing early voting, same-day and automatic voting registration, catching New York up to surrounding states.

Vermont is one of 37 states along with the District of Columbia that allows early voting.  The process will begin at the end of the week and election officials are urging voters to take advantage of it.  While one political party has questions about the distribution of the ballots, others say that’s just political gamesmanship.

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Early Voting Pushed

Nov 23, 2015
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At a hearing held by the State Assembly on expanded voting, advocates argued that New York needs to join more than half of the other state who offer some kind of extended voting.

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Early voting is coming to Massachusetts beginning with the 2016 general election.  A coalition of election activists has released a series of recommendations for implementing the state’s new early voting law.

The Massachusetts Election Modernization Coalition includes MassPIRG, Common Cause Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts League of Women Voters. 

             WAMC’s Paul Tuthill spoke with Janet Domenitz, executive director of MassPIRG about the coalition’s recommendations.

Massachusetts has launched a new voter registration system.  People can now go online to sign up to vote, change their address for voting purposes, and switch party affiliation.

Massachusetts is the 21st state to offer online voter registration, a system Secretary of State William Galvin, the state’s top election official, said will remove one more administrative impediment to registering to vote.

NYS Assemblyman Urges Lawmakers To Pass Early Voting

Nov 17, 2014

It has become an annual lament during post-election analysis: most Americans don’t vote. Now, one New York State Assemblyman thinks it’s time to change the election process itself, urging his fellow lawmakers to allow some form of early voting.

Democratic Assemblyman Kevin Cahill is one of several co-sponsors of a bill to allow early voting in New York.

“Any steps we could take, incremental or revolutionary, to improve voter participation are where we ought to be right now,” says Cahill.

Vermonters unable to make it to the polls on November 4 are being encouraged to vote early.

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Massachusetts, a state with a reputation for liberal politics, has what many consider outdated election laws.  That is about to change as state legislators have approved a compromise bill that includes provisions long sought by advocacy groups.

The legislation would authorize early voting up to 11 days before Election Day, create a system for online voter registration, allow 16-and 17-year- olds to pre-register to vote, and provide for postelection audits of randomly selected polling places to assure the accuracy of voting machines.

Massachusetts residents would be able to cast ballots up to 10 days before an election and register to vote on Election Day under a bill overwhelmingly approved by the Massachusetts Senate Thursday.